Popular Holiday Train Ride Returns to Duluth

November 27, 2017 10:11 AM

A holiday favorite is up and running in the Northland. The North Shore Scenic Railroad is inviting everyone out to climb aboard the Christmas City Express.

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Executive Director Ken Buehler says this year's holiday train ride is considered one of MSN's "Best Christmas Train Rides in America."

One of the highlights of the ride involves watching a performance of the story "The Christmas City Express." It's written by Northland natives Cheryl Skafte and Luke Moravec, and inspired by Ken Buehler's father, Marshall Buehler.

It follows a young girl who is on her way to spend Christmas Eve with her parents in Duluth. Along the way, the train gets caught in a snow storm. While everyone on the train is safe during the storm, they fear that Christmas will be ruined. Buehler says it's what the girl does next along with the conductor, that saves Christmas.

"It's all about sharing, it's all about perseverance, it's all about the story of the Christmas season on a train coming to Duluth, Minnesota, " Buehler says.

The story is brought to life each train ride by the two authors of the book. 

The full Christmas City Express experience lasts around 90 minutes, with the train running from the Fitger's complex to the Depot. Families then ride the train back to Fitger's for hot cocoa, cookies, and carolers.

It runs every weekend through Dec. 17. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Click here to buy tickets.


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